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An Editor's Guide to Adjudicating Decisions


While we wish that peer review always moved along quickly and seamlessly, we know that reality may be different. Sometimes, you as the Academic Editor (AE) may find yourself in challenging situations requiring you to carefully navigate a difficult decision-making process. Generally, most final decisions are reached within three rounds of review. We understand requesting more than two rounds of revision may be unavoidable and necessary at times, but this situation is less than ideal for everyone involved. 

Here, we’ve put together frequent issues you may come across and some advice we hope will be helpful for you in your editorial decision-making process.

Click next to find themes with various scenarios and sample text for your decision letter. When you click finish, you'll have the opportunity to save this guidance as a pdf.